Betty Jane Stefkovich

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Betty Jane Stefkovich, 87, of Avella, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, in Highbanks Care Center, Columbus, Ohio.


She was born August 24, 1925, in Follansbee, W.Va., a daughter of the late James Mark and Veda Dale Myers Petrel.


Mrs. Stefkovich was a 1943 graduate of Burgettstown High School and a 1951 graduate of Ohio Valley School of Nursing.


Prior to motherhood, she had been employed as a registered nurse of pediatrics at Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio.


She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, American Association of Retired Persons and Ohio State Nurses Association.


On February 25, 1952, she married August R. Stefkovich, who died April 21, 2011.


Surviving are three daughters, Debra Beth Stefkovich of Claysville, Judith Lynn (George) Burns of Columbus, Ohio, and Tamara Susan (Bruce) Onken of Rustburg, Va.; a son, August Richard (Melissa) Stefkovich Jr. of Frisco, Texas; four grandchildren, Joseph and Thadd Burns and Rurik and Natalia Stefkovich; and a brother, Floyd Petrel of Colliers, W.Va.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are three sisters, June Lee, Juanita Ignac and Mary Petrel, and three brothers, James, Robert and Edward “Butch” Petrel.


A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, PA 15312, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. A luncheon will be held in St. Michael Church hall.


Arrangements are being handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc.


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